Agriculture at Asheville High School and SILSA is dedicated to farming a sustainable future by embracing the 3 E's: Environment, Economy, and Equity!
Courses Offered: Read more about our curriculum here
This course focuses on the increasingly complex world of producing enough food and fiber to meet the growing world demand and at the same time maintain ecological balance and conserve our natural resources. Students will explore implementing environmentally sound practices in agricultural production to satisfy the needs of a growing population for today and tomorrow. A breadth of topics including: crop and animal production, natural resource management, agroforestry, food safety, and the farm to fork continuum will set the educational stage for this course.
This course further investigates food production through practice and application of principles and knowledge established in Sustainable Agriculture Production I. An emphasis on proven methods employed to sustain a growing population are woven into all facets of the course. Students gain knowledge of 21st century agriculture through further exploration of renewable energy, precision agriculture, biotechnology, and breeding programs. Students discover cultivation of bees, aquaponics, mushrooms, vermicomposting and commodities of their choice while applying food safety and industry standards for sustainable production. Students also acquire foundations of leadership, business and marketing principles necessary for competitive sustainable agricultural companies and individuals in the workforce.
Phone: (828) 350-7000 ext. 2795
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Mrs. Traci Bricker - Teacher and FFA Advisor
Hello, and welcome the Asheville FFA and Ag Ed program! I have been teaching Agriculture Education for 10 years in North Carolina, and have done so in all three geographic areas of the state. I grew up in Virginia, and helping out on my grandfather's beef cattle farm, I found my love of animals and agriculture. I have a B.A. in History with a minor in Biology from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. I went on to get my Masters in Agriculture Education and Extension from NCSU while teaching in Carteret County, NC. I am most passionate about animal agriculture, but am dedicated to educating students about the role agriculture plays in all of our lives and futures and how it impacts the sustainability of our planet.
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